25 Random Acts of Kindness for Your Husband

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One of the best ways to beat the winter blues is to do something kind and thoughtful for someone else – and sometimes our husband and kids wind up last on our random act of kindness list. It’s easy to get caught up in the idea that we do kind things for them all the time – cook, clean, wash their clothes, educate them (the kids, not our husbands). However, you may be surprised at how much a simple act of kindness can mean to those closest to us.

Over the next couple of weeks, I wanted to share some ideas of random acts of kindness for your spouse, your young kids, and your teens. The first installment is random acts of kindness for your husband.

At first, I attempted to make this first list one of random acts of kindness for your spouse because I know I have some male readers, too. However, it felt awkward switching back and forth between he and she. Plus, I wanted it to be a list of things I could do for my husband, not a list of things I wish he’d do for me. That might be a much longer list. {grin}

25 Random Acts of Kindness for Your Husband

Still, most of these ideas would be appreciated by a spouse of either gender and I’ll give you husbands some bonus tips at the end.

25 Random Acts of Kindness for Your Husband

1. Heat his towel in the dryer for a few minutes while he’s taking a shower, so he has a warm towel waiting when he’s done.

2. Call or text him during the day, just to let him know you’re thinking about him.

3. Start his morning coffee while he’s in the shower.

4. Leave the witty, but sarcastic comment unsaid.

5. Do a household chore that he usually does so he doesn’t have to. (Ex. Take the trash or recycling to the curb.)

6. Meet him for lunch in the middle of the week.

7. Rent a movie for a date night at home – and pick one he wants to see.

8. Watch the game with him.

9. Pick up something simple, but unexpected for him while you’re at the store – his favorite soda or candy or that CD he mentioned.

10. Iron his work shirts. (If this doesn’t seem like a big deal to you, you have to know – I don’t iron. I have become very adept at taking the clothes out of the dryer as soon as I hear the beep and hanging them, which works great to avoid ironing. Still, my husband has a couple of shirts that could really stand to be ironed, so one day I ironed them and hung them in the closet without mentioning it. He noticed and really appreciated it.)

11. Fix his favorite meal – even if you don’t particularly like it.

12. Give him a sincere and completely unexpected compliment.

13. Do something the night before – pack his lunch, make sure his work clothes are ready to go, set the coffee timer – that will allow him to sleep in an extra 10 or 15 minutes (because we all know that last 10 or 15 minutes is the best sleep of the night).

14. Give him a stack of homemade coupons that he can use for things like a massage, a date night, or {ahem} whatever.

15. Run a warm bath, put on some relaxing music, and encourage him to take some time to relax after he gets home from work.

16. Keep the kids quiet while he takes an afternoon nap.

17. Run that errand he’s been dreading.

18. Fill the gas tank. {My husband usually does this for me. I think he’ll faint dead away if I do this for him!}

19. Make his favorite dessert.

20. Leave a lipstick or mirror fog message on the bathroom mirror just to let him know you love him.

21. Let him choose the restaurant when you go out to dinner.

22. Let him win the senseless argument that you’re both going to apologize for later anyway.

23. Take the kids out for dinner, dessert, or errands so that he can enjoy an hour or two at home alone.

24. Let the honey-do list go this weekend.

25. Ask him how you can pray for him.

Something else my husband particularly loved one year at Valentine’s Day was when I gave him a valentine each morning for the two weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day. I have to admit, I was pretty surprised at how much it meant to him! Each morning starting on February 1 and ending on February 14, I snuck out to his car while he was getting ready for work and left a valentine in his car. Some days, it was a simple valentine I printed and signed. Other days it was a handwritten note with a candy bar. Once or twice I gave him a store-bought card. He loved it so much that I decided to design two weeks’ worth of valentines to share on the Hip Homeschool Moms site so other wives can do the same thing. You can read more about it and download your own simple but meaningful valentines for your husband in the article Two Weeks of Valentines for Couples. (Hint: You aren’t limited to using these around Valentine’s Day!)

Now, if you husbands would like a couple of bonus tips, I’ll just tell you that at my house, acts of service (like doing the dishes or washing my car) make me fall in love with my man all over again. It’s also nice when he occasionally brings home a sweet treat or small unexpected gift. Oh and #18 is always appreciated. Hope that helps!

I’m sure I’ve forgotten some obvious gestures of kindness. What would you add to the list?

This post is linked to the Hip Homeschool Hop.

top image courtesy of pixabay

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  1. Thanks for this list. We just had our sixth child, and I know my husband is feeling rather neglected. I needed some ideas on how to make him feel special and appreciated, did a Google search and ended up here.

  2. Thank you. I am so sad and scared that I have lost her already. I neglected her for far too long. I pray God will give me direction each day as I begin the 40 day Love Dare. I Love my Wife so much but she doesn’t know it do to my complacency. Blessings upon you for sharing.

    1. I am starting the Love Dare as well, I’m afraid I too am too late. He purchased his own home and is moving out next week. I decided to do 2 days at a time to accelerate through the dare (which is how I found this article). As I am reading these ideas of random acts of kindness (day 2’s dare), I recognize neither of us tried nearly as hard as we could/should have. I can only control my actions, and even if we don’t salvage our marriage, I hope to find myself a better person and partner for a future relationship. Best of luck to you Ben. Would love to hear if the Love Dare helped keep your marriage together?

    2. Hi Ben and Marsha,
      I started the love dare 2 days ago and just those 2 dares have showed me that I was in a competition in my marriage 🙁
      Did your wife and husband noticed your willingness to change? Did your marriage have a 2nd chance?

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